There’s no escaping stress. So why do some of us deal with the growing pressures in health care with resilience while others suffer from anxiety, depression, and fatigue? Burnout continues to plague heath care providers, and in the current financial climate, the work place may not get better soon. Doing more with less may feel right for third party payers, but it can tip busy professionals toward despair. Medicine should be a calling, a vocation. These days it can feel like only a job.
This series is designed to provide antidotes to the destructive qualities of stress, to help you develop strategies to make you more resilient, and to offer tools for creative problem solving. These teaching sessions provide practical advice and clinical examples to help you apply effective psychological insights immediately in your professional practice.
April 26: Fact or Fiction? The Placebo Effect, Jerry Ruhl, PhD
Explore the history of placebo and its status as research nuisance, treatment controversy, and potential unconscious healing mechanism. We will discuss meaning in medical treatment, meaning attributions in chronic versus acute care, and implications for caregiver health as well as patient outcomes.
May 3: Sacred Moments in Healthcare, James Lomax, MD
Though many of us are reluctant to talk about them publicly, the extraordinary moments when we experience the sacred in our work represent untapped, vital antidotes to the abuses of sex, money, and power that accompany burnout.
May 10: Stress Management and Your Health, Lorenzo Cohen, MD
Review the science behind the deleterious effects of stress on health and the most recent research on stress biology. We will explore different stress management strategies, along with the evidence supporting mind-body practices, and then we will participate in a brief meditation guided by Dr. Alejandro Chaoul.
May 17: Reducing Stress through Meditation, Alejandro Chaoul, PhD
The key to identifying the roots of stress is also our most powerful intervention: simple awareness. We will experience mindfulness and meditation practices that we can integrate into our strategy for self-care and promotion of resilience in our personal and professional lives.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and The Jung Center. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.